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Café Paradiso

Café Paradiso
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Cost
R75 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Classic elegance
Food
Bakery fare, Buffet, Country-style fare, Mediterranean, Modern, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
The daily special lunch table draws in busy regulars: think a Mediterranean feast of fresh salads, pasta of the day and freshly baked bread. The sticky chicken and tomatoey beef stew are not to be missed. The regular menu offers hearty salads, healthy sandwiches (try the roast veg with goat’s cheese and basil), homemade pastas and meatier fare. They’re suitably proud of their baked goods for dessert.

Wine
While the wine list is on the small side, the choices are good to pair with the Mediterranean fare.

Service
It’s such a pleasure to be looked after here: waiters are caring, friendly and laid-back. When you’re told ‘don’t be shy’ when dishing up from the buffet, you know you’re in good hands.

Ambience
The large outside courtyard is the place to be on a balmy summer’s day, with its incredible views of Table Mountain. Inside it’s all Provençal cosiness with wine racks, rugged wooden furniture and wine displays.

And...
They have special (paid-for) activities for kids like pizza making or cupcake decorating. The kids’ menu is also a hit. (LvA, October 2012)
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  • Horst Frehse

    This local favourite has a homely atmosphere and lovely outside areas with mountain views. They offer good value for money with perfectly prepared classic dishes. Standout dish: carpaccio and grilled sirloin with café de Paris butter. (Eat Out magazine 2014)
  • Horst Frehse

    Great location in vibey Kloof Street, with a homely, bistro-style atmosphere and lovely outside areas. The menu offers good value for money and perfectly prepared classical dishes without fuss. Visit on a vibey Friday or Saturday night and order the ripped carpaccio of charred beef, grilled sirloin with café de Paris butter.

User reviews

  • i had really high hopes when entering the restaurant but left very disappointed. i made a reservation a couple of days in advance without any problems. when we entered we were not greeted very nicely but merely asked: reservation? we were lead to the back of the restaurant to a table in the corner in front of the chimney. unfortunatly it reeked like charcoal lighter and there was a steady breeze coming out of the doors. the waiter greeted us very nicely so we didn't say anything but ordered two spritz that was admittedly not on the menu but we were told it would be no problem. unfortunatly they were out of aperol and instead of just telling us to give us the chance to order something else we were served a watered down version of the drink with the note that they had run out. sorry but this is just a no go. we ordered the vegetarian antipasti to start with for one, it got served for two. also no big deal. it was ok but nothing amazing. the penne arrabiatta i had was the most disappointing moment of the evening. it was a simple tomato sauce that tasted like nothing. no spices, salt, pepper or anything. the pasta was overcooked and the dish was cold. my friends penne with chicken were fine. if it had just been one or two of the things mentioned above i would never have written a review but i just can not chalk this off as having a bad day. i would certainly not go back to this place or recommend it to anyone.
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  • What a superb place to have a romantic week night dinner - the setting made me feel like I was in a little Italian village - even the cold didn't stop us sitting outside under a fairy-lit tree, thanks to the soft blankets on offer from our super friendly and efficient waitress. We both had delicious meals - husband had perfectly cooked fish of the day and a quick swap of the side to accommodate his banting. I (definitely not banting) had one of my favourites - risotto - big chunky pieces of pumpkin and my only complaint was it needed more sauce for my liking. Another personal favourite is the water feature that promises your coins will not only give wishes but also make a worthy charity smile! Can't wait to go back soon!
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  • Somehow I always forget about Cafe Paradiso, but it's the perfect spot for a lazy lunch in the sun. We opted to sit in the (back) courtyard; it's a small, rather tranquil area and was great for a lunch with friends. They have quite an expansive menu, one may say almost too many choices, but all our meals were decent portions, tasty and well-priced. Service was friendly and attentive.
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  • What a beautiful setting! Sat outside in the garden, looking at Table Mountain on a blissful sunny winter's day. The risotto was decent (although I always prefer more cheese) and the burger vast and great quality. I think the wedges could have done with a couple more minutes in the fryer though - nobody likes an undercooked chip. Staff were friendly, but somehow our table kept getting forgotten.

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  • I chose Paradiso for 2 main reasons,

    1. Romantic ambiance
    2 . Mother in law friendly.

    Last night was my fiance's birthday. We had a lovely albeit unconventional dinner experience.

    Since my last visit for breakfast I had been dreaming about the beer battered camambert. We ordered x 4 starter. The battered cheese was as delicious as I had hoped, we also had the lamb salad which I was shocked, given its vast portion that it was a starter- amazing and the salt and papper squid which if Im honest didnt blow me away - was a little over cooked.
    Needless to say we were full! We decided to skip mains, much to my upset as I was also keen on the butternut fettecini as well as the Kudo on special.
    Tucked into 3 puds - all fantastic and some coffees that were perfect.
    Was my finace's birthday so our lovely waiter gaveus a cheeky shooter each. Love that. over all a very pleasent evening. Perfect weather helped.

    Food - Fabulous, cost effective and consistent.
    Service - lovely. Guy, our gorgeous waiter was super busy and flying around but was also attentive and pleseant and patient.
    Ambience - always devine. LOve the MZ group for this reason.

    Totes gona recommend this cute spot to all my friends - AGAIN - and return soon for my main meal (which i only didnt eat as my booking was late and I dont like eating heavily afyer 9.)
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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